Financing Archive

The Sources of Downpayments Among Different Buyer Types

Since 1997, the Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers has collected data on the sources of buyers’ downpayment for when they purchase a home. This year, 88 percent of all buyers financed their home and 98 percent of buyers...
December 6, 2016

64 Percent of Contracts Were Settled on Time

In reporting on their last contract that went into settlement or was terminated over the period June–August 2016, respondents indicated that 64 percent of contracts were settled on time, 30 percent had delayed settlement, and six percent were terminated,...

Half of Foreign Buyers Paid in Cash in April 2015—March 2016

Fifty percent of reported foreign buyers of U.S. residential property transactions were all-cash sales, according to NAR’s recently released 2016 Profile of International Activity in U.S. Residential Real Estate.   Non-resident foreign buyers tend to purchase in cash while...

Repeal of IRC Section 1031 Would Cause Decrease in Real Estate Values

This blog post was written by George Ratiu, Director of Quantitative & Commercial Research and Erin Fitzpatrick, Research Intern. Real estate is an integral part of economic activity, with transactions providing avenues for exchange, development, and growth opportunities. Within this framework, like-kind...

Return Buyers Prefer Safe, Affordable Financing

The share of homes purchased by return buyers or “boomerang” buyers, those who formerly short sold a home or were foreclosed on, increased significantly in recent years.  NAR Research estimates that 8% or nearly 350,000 home sales were to...